592 HP Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Feeds On Apexes, Watch It Devour The Track

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 has proved its racing credentials yet again by lapping the Lausitzring, in Northeast Germany, almost as fast as the Audi R8 V10 Performance.

In the hands of AutoBildSportscars, the super sports sedan completed the run in just 1:32.15. The 620 PS (611 HP / 456 kW) German blue-blooded mid-engine machine did it in 1:32.11, while further up the chart, we can find the Ferrari 812 Superfast with 1:31.67.

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Pro racing driver Guido Naumann, whose hands you can see holding on to the steering wheel of the XE SV Project 8 on video below, drove the car across the finish line quicker than the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE and BMW M5 Competition F90. According to FastestLaps, these posted unofficial lap times of 1:32.32, 1:32.55 and 1:33.40 respectively, whereas the Porsche 991 Carrera S and second-gen Honda/Acura NSX were clocked at 1:33.62 and 1:34.04.

Uncovered almost 3 years ago as the fruit of the JLR SVO division’s labor, the XE SV Project 8 is a supercar that hides in a premium compact sedan body. Production was capped at 300 units and UK pricing used to start at £149,995 ($183,878). All of them featured aero upgrades, beefy brakes, tuned suspension and revised interior, as well as a potent 5.0-liter supercharged V8 under the hood.

The engine was hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, pumping out 600 PS (592 HP / 441 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. With a 322 km/h (200 mph) top speed and 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) of just 3.5 seconds, the XE SV Project 8 is a brute.

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